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Books Available for Adoption
Cover of An annotated catalogue of plants from Window Rock, Arizona

An annotated catalogue of plants from Window Rock, Arizona

By Vorsila L. Bohrer. Window Rock, Ariz: Navajo Tribal Museum, 1963.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

For just twenty five cents in 1963, you could buy this little book, documenting plants in Window Rock, Arizona, at the Navajo Tribal Museum. The plants listed in this catalog were collected in the area. The actual dried plant specimens now reside at the Jepson Herbarium at  the University of California, Berkeley. Each plant entry is simple, listing the scientific name, common name, and a brief description of the landscape where the plant was found. In some cases, elevation is listed as well. Window Rock (Navajo: Tségháhoodzání) is a small city that serves as the seat of government and... Read More
Cover of the 1924 edition of Beautiful Gardens in America

Beautiful gardens in America,

By Louise Shelton. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1924.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Beautiful Gardens in America (both the 1915 and 1924 editions) is Louise Shelton’s most important work and a noted work of twentieth century American gardening and cultural history. This 1924 edition includes 11 color and 274 half-tone photos (a large increase from the 1915 edition) of notable American gardens of the time. Both photos and gardens were carefully selected by the author and cover many regions of the country and varying climatic conditions. The Rocky Mountain region was left out because she thought it was not “in nature open to the cultivation of formal gardens... Read More
Book cover of Chrysandtheumum Culture for America

Chrysanthemum Culture for America

By James Morton. New York: Rural Publishing Company, 1891.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

In the 19th century America, as the middle class grew, more people had time to garden for pleasure. That’s when books on flower gardening became popular. Chrysanthemum culture for America: a book about chrysanthemums, their history, classification, and care (1891), written by James Morton, was one of earliest American publications on the history and care of chrysanthemums. At the time, the famous horticulturist Liberty Hyde Bailey considered it the best book “written by an American” on the flower. The name “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words, “chrysos” or gold and “... Read More
Cover of Gardening for Profit

Gardening for Profit

By Peter Henderson. New York: Orange Judd Co, 1883.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

The first edition of Peter Henderson’s Gardening for Profit was published in 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, and sold 100,000 copies. It’s considered the first book written on market gardening in the United States. Market gardening is defined as small scale production of fruits, vegetables and flowers, from less than an acre to a few acres. In today's world, you may meet a market gardener at your local farmer's market. The book is also often credited for educating many Civil War veterans in growing food for sale and providing them with a livelihood. The Botany and... Read More
Cover of Rock Gardening for Amateurs

Rock gardening for amateurs

By H. H. Thomas. London, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne: Cassell and company, limited, 1914.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This first edition, with its eye-poppingly colorful book cover and spine of rocks and flowering shrubs, was written by a leading British garden writer of  the 20th century, Harry Higgott Thomas (1876-1956). Thomas trained at the famous Kew Gardens in London and worked at Veitch’s Nursery and Windsor as foreman of the Royal Gardens before embarking on a career as a horticultural writer. Rock Gardening for Amateurs is written for beginning rock gardeners and is one of over 30 books and articles he wrote on gardening during this lifetime. The publishers took advantage of new... Read More
Cover of The Curious History of the Bulb Vase

The curious history of the bulb vase

By Patricia Coccoris. Birmingham: Cortex Design, 2012.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Did you know that several types of plant bulbs, such as hyacinth, tulips, crocus, daffodils, amaryllis, snowdrops, and irises, can grow and bloom successfully in just water and provide a beautiful display in your home? The equipment invented to do that is the bulb vase. This book’s unusual subject (it’s the only book on bulb vases in the Botany and Horticulture Library!) details the history of these vases from the 1700s through their prominence during the Victorian Era and into present day. Photographs of various bulb vases are shown and described, so this book is valuable to the... Read More
Book cover of The Desert Garden

The desert garden

By Frances Lillian Hamilton. Phoenix, Ariz.: 1933.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This slim book about native plants found in the Phoenix regional area, circa 1933, was written at a time when the population of the city was just under 50,000 people. It’s a self published book with the author providing both text and simple pen and ink illustrations of the plants throughout the book, including the book’s cover. The term "the desert garden" refers to the natural landscape surrounding the Phoenix area, including Phoenix mountain park, Camelback mountain, Papago Park, and Squaw Peak, as opposed to a garden of desert loving plants. The title is a bit of a misnomer, with the... Read More
Title page of The Grapes of New York

The grapes of New York

By U.P. Hedrick, assisted by N.O. Booth, O.M. Taylor, R. Wellington, M.J. Dorsey. Albany: J. B. Lyon company, state printers, 1908.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

U.P. Hedrick was a horticulturist at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York in 1905, when he began writing the first of many monographs of fruit cultivars that could be grown in New York State.  The grapes of New York is the first of his many works.   The Smithsonian Libraries' Botany and Horticulture Library holds all his works in print.  The works were classic references on the fruit cultivars of the period. These volumes are much sought after by pomologists and fruit enthusiasts for their detailed descriptions and beautiful artwork. Read More
Cover of The Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees of Washington D.C.

The Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees of Washington, D.C.

By Roland M. Jefferson and Alan E. Fusonie. Washington D.C.: Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 1977.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This wonderful book is about the history of the famous Japanese flowering cherry trees in Washington, D.C. It’s co-authored by Roland Jefferson, the first African American botanist  at the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA), hired in 1956.  Mr. Jefferson began his career studying crabapple trees, but eventually became an international authority on flowering cherries, making many plant collecting trips to Japan. He is best remembered for beginning the preservation work to save the cherry trees along D.C.'s Tidal Basin, a project continued to this day by USNA botanists and geneticists. While... Read More
Front cover of book Three Little Gardeners

Three Little Gardeners

By L. Agnes Talbot. London: S. C. Brown, Langham & Co., Ltd, 1904.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

An early twentieth century book in which an older gardener named Giles teaches three children, named Mark, Dorothy, and Ruth how to create their first garden. The book chronicles them caring for the garden in their first year. The reader begins in January and ends with the garden blanketed with snow in December. The children learn the importance of doing garden chores each month and if you “take care of your plants and treat them rightly, they are sure to reward you with beautiful flowers.” The delightful illustrations throughout the book are by Gertrude M. Bradley, an... Read More